Japan to jointly develop new fighter jet with UK, Italy


              Japan's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada, center, speaks during a talk with Australia's Defence Minister Richard Marles at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, Pool)
            
              Australia's Defense Minister Richard Marles, center, speaks during a talk with Japan's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, Pool)
            
              Australia's Defense Minister Richard Marles, center, watches media members leave the room during a talk with Japan's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
            
              Australia's Defense Minister Richard Marles, left, shakes hands with Japan's Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada as they pose for a photo before their talk at the Iikura guesthouse in Tokyo, Friday, Dec. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, Pool)
            
              A F-2 fighter of Japan Air Self-Defense Force is seen at Tsuiki base, Fukuoka prefecture, southern Japan in March 2010. Japan announced Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 that it will jointly develop its next-generation fighter jet with the U.K. and Italy as Tokyo looks to expand defense cooperation beyond its traditional ally, the United States. (Kyodo News via AP)
            FILE - Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada speaks to media members at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo, on Nov. 3, 2022, following North Korea's weapons tests. Japan announced Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 that it will jointly develop its next-generation fighter jet with the U.K. and Italy as Tokyo looks to expand defense cooperation beyond its traditional ally, the United States. (Takaki Yajima/Kyodo News via AP, File)
Japan to jointly develop new fighter jet with UK, Italy